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Is there a difference between an irregular pulse & an irregular heart rate?

Is there a difference between an irregular pulse & an irregular heart rate?

No, technically yes: They both indicate an irregularity of your heart's rhythm. If you listen at your chest, you actually hear the heart beats. If you check a peripheral pulse, you're feeling the momentary arterial bulge that results from the heart beat. Special case: in atrial fibrillation, the pulse rate will always be "slower" than the hr because some beats aren't transmitted.

Heart Rate (Definition)

Heart rate is a measurement of the number of times a person's heart beats in one minute. Normal heart rates vary with a person's age and with excitement and exercise. Abnormal heart rates are too slow, too fast, and/or irregular (too much ...Read more


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What is considered an irregular heart rate?

What is considered an irregular heart rate?

Depends: Irregular means a constant variation in heart rate or can be caused by frequent early/premature beats. Young people however can have a moderate variation in heart rate just by breathing in and out so consult your physician to find out if yours is abnormally irregular if you are concerned

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What would cause me to have an irregular heart rate?

What would cause me to have an irregular heart rate?

Lots of things: We have about 100, 000 heart beats / day. It is typically to have a few dozen to few hundred extra / skipped beats, just by the law of averages. There are lots of abnormal conditions, however, that can cause irregularity above that normal range. If you are experiencing this routinely, see your cardiologist for a full evaluation.

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Should I be concerned about a very low (41 bpm) and irregular heart rate?

Should I be concerned about a very low (41 bpm) and irregular heart rate?

Concern?: Whether you need to be concerned depends on why your heart rate is 41 and and irregular. If your normal rate is in that range and you're having occassional apcs, no big deal. If you have some serious cause of the 41 bpm and irregular rhythm like slow afib caused by a drug overdose or some pathology, then you might need to be concerned.

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Irregular heart rate the last week. BPM 90-95 and irregular rate. Cause for concern?

Irregular heart rate the last week. BPM 90-95 and irregular rate. Cause for concern?

Get it checked: A heart rate that feels irregular could be a number of things from benign variations in heart rate with breathing inspiration versus expiration, to abnormal irregular rhythms such as atrial fibrillation. You should see your doctor to have it checked and have an EKG done to determine the specific rhythm it is to make sure it is not an abnormal one that would need further attention.

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I have an irregular heart rate. The one moment I have 57 and the next 112. What does it mean?

I have an irregular heart rate. The one moment I have 57 and the next 112. What does it mean?

Should be studied: Not sure. With problems like this a 24 hour monitor-a device you wear that records your every heart beat for one day continuously-will be invaluable for discerning what's going on. Some people have extreme variability of their normal rhythm, but at this point you cannot exclude some more concerning arrhythmia (rhythm disorder). Your primary care doctor or a cardiologist can assist you. Good luck!

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Can my irregular heart rate be dangerous in the long run?

Can my irregular heart rate be dangerous in the long run?

Depends: It depends on what is making it irregular and what your other health conditions are as well as the overall condition of your heart.

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What is done for a 7 year old with an irregular heart rate?

What is done for a 7 year old with an irregular heart rate?

Irregular heart rate: An ekg will help explain the irregular heart rate and confirm the diagnosis. A cardiologist should be consulted for the proper treatment.

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Are home BP digital machines accurate? Mine keeps giving the irregular heart rate symbol at least once a day.

Are home BP digital machines accurate? Mine keeps giving the irregular heart rate symbol at least once a day.

Yes: They are usually quite accurate. But if it gives you constant error message it may have some malfunction issues.

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Can smoking spices cause irregular heart rate/ heart problems?

Can smoking spices cause irregular heart rate/ heart problems?

Yes: "spice" contains synthetic cannabinoids sprayed onto various herbs which may or may not be as labeled. They are stronger than "regular" marijuana. Users experience a high which can include hallucinating, rapid heart beat, high blood pressure, excessive sweating, extreme agitation, unpredictable & violent behavior, and rigidity. The compounds do not show up in current drug screenings.

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If I had irregular heartbeat would it show not just at heart rates below 60? Cause my machine says I have irregular heart rate mornings 43-50 bpm

If I had irregular heartbeat would it show not just at heart rates below 60? Cause my machine says I have irregular heart rate mornings 43-50 bpm

At any rate: Irregular heart rate can happen at low and fast heart rate. Can be because extra or escape beats, irregular sinus rhythm, junctional rhythm, or atrial arrhythmias. Needs an ECG during the actual irregularity happen. Or a holter 24 hrs monitoring test. Auscultation by a physician can make a diagnosis highly suggestive. BP machine are not accurate for irregular rhythms.

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Doctor, what cause irregular heart rate? Is it dangerous?

Doctor, what cause irregular heart rate? Is it dangerous?

Many things can: Cause...Often benign if pacs or pvcs. Talk to your physician.

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What could be causing my occasional palpitations, breathlessness, and irregular heart rate? The last episode lasted most of last week.

What could be causing my occasional palpitations, breathlessness, and irregular heart rate? The last episode lasted most of last week.

Atrial fibrillation: Your symptoms required a full evaluation. You could be describing intermittent atrial fibrillation which requires treatment. At age 61, however, a lot of things can happen to your heart. Your symptoms are somewhat nonspecific and could be a number of things.

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What conditions can cause migraine, fast, sometimes irregular, heart rate and myoclonic jerks (all chronic)?

What conditions can cause migraine, fast, sometimes irregular, heart rate and myoclonic jerks (all chronic)?

See a physician: On these are different conditions and may not be related. You should have a physician check you and determine the etiology of your symptoms.

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Can irritable bowel syndrome lead to irregular heart rate?

Can irritable bowel syndrome lead to irregular heart rate?

Not likely.: In medicine you can never say never. However, it is highly unlikely that ibs will lead to any heart irregularities. Common symptoms include abdominal crampy pain, constipation, and or diarrhea. None of these symptoms will affect your electrolytes which could lead to heart abnomalities or directly affect the heart in any way.

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I am in rhythm on Flecainide for AF. On BP machine why does irregular heart symbol show sometimes even though heart rate is low?

I am in rhythm on Flecainide for AF. On BP machine why does irregular heart symbol show sometimes even though heart rate is low?

AF: You may be in and out of AF or you may have sinus rhythm with extrasystoles or your machine may be wrong for technical reasons.

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Short of breath, irregular heartbeat, hight heart rate?

Short of breath, irregular heartbeat, hight heart rate?

Need to Get Checked: There are a few reasons, for this, but because of the high and irregular heartbeat you should be checked as soon as possible. I would recommend being evaluated at your doctor if you can be fit in now, an UC or ER. These could be symptoms of anxiety, but also an "arrhythmia" such as atrial fibrillation or flutter. It needs to be checked out, but don't panic.

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